Rogue

Movie review by
Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media
Rogue Movie Poster Image
Relentless action-thriller has non-stop graphic violence.
  • R
  • 2020
  • 105 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The movie is centered around the murky underground world of big cat trafficking, but also includes the trafficking of humans. As such there are few, if any positive messages to be taken from the movie. Even the "heroes" are mercenaries who admit that they're only saving those in need for financial gain.

Positive Role Models

O'Hara is a strong-willed woman who has overcome prejudice to get into a position of power. That power is questioned by others because she's "just a girl." One member of her team shows humanity when admitting he couldn't kill a lion despite it being a tradition where he comes from, and a subsequent conversation about murder shows they all believe it to be a cowardly act. They do, however, kill many people, though always those on the wrong side of the law.

Violence

Non-stop, graphic violence. Lions attack and kill humans. Human corpses and animal body parts are shown, with flies buzzing around the remains. Several battle sequences with huge body counts and deafening gun shots. Some deaths are gory -- characters die slowly with blood coming out of their mouths, as well as close-ups of people being shot in the head. Characters are also stabbed in the necks from behind. There are multiple explosions, with bodies flung into the air. Fire bombs are thrown into buildings, and a character shoots a missile and blows up a helicopter, cheering when doing so. Innocent characters are taken hostage and locked-up in cages.

Sex
Language

Constant use of the words "f--k" and "s--t." One character screams "f--k" in agony after being attacked.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rogue is an unrelenting action thriller starring Megan Fox, with brutal, bloody violence throughout. Delving into the dark world of animal trafficking, the movie also features innocent young women being held hostage in cages. The heroes, who seek to save them, are mercenaries -- led by Samantha O'Hara (Fox) -- who admit they're only doing it for the money. The violence is incredibly strong with multiple deaths. Characters are shot, stabbed, and even savagely attacked by lions. There are several explosions -- gleefully undertaken by the perpetrators -- and several buildings are burned down. The sound of gun shots is almost deafening, while the body count grows and grows. "F--k" and "s--t" are frequently used both casually and sometimes in anger or pain. It's refreshing to have a female lead in an all-action movie such as this -- O'Hara is strong-willed, overcoming adversity to head her team. However, she is on the end of disparaging sexist comments about her ability to be a captain.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTreetopsQ March 25, 2021

Fun game

My 11 year old downloaded this game without my permission, I saw him play it once and I was confused what game it was. It is an okay game for kids to have.

Not... Continue reading
Adult Written byKen R. May 23, 2021

Rouge – No-one Could Possibly Release This, It Must Have Escaped!

Rouge – No-one Could Possibly Release This, It Must Have Escaped!

Some good action effects and pyrotechnics are displayed in this otherwise abysmally awful mov... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byEheueidks October 25, 2020

For 11 and up

It has no real blood and is as harmless as fortnite

What's the story?

ROGUE is about a group of mercenaries, led by Samantha O'Hara (Megan Fox), who are tasked with extracting hostages from local rebels in a remote area of Africa. Though they manage to rescue the hostages, the team must wait for back-up. Can they fend off the rebels, as well as several wild lions, all while keeping the hostages alive?

Is it any good?

This is an unrelenting, incredibly fast-paced action thriller that doesn't try to be anything it's not. Offering little by way of narrative, Rogue instead focuses mainly on the several battle sequences that unfold. It's simplistic in its approach and knows its audience, playing to them with an affection for the genre it sits in. Fox excels in the lead role, though she's not been blessed with a particularly nuanced role, just someone on hand to try and kill the bad guys and save the day.

The addition of wild animals into the equation makes for a fun aside, as O'Hara and her band of mercenaries must try and survive attacks from big cats and big missiles. That said, the use of CGI for the scenes involving the lions are pretty underwhelming and in some cases, laughable. But tonally, it all fits into a movie that focuses purely on its entertainment value and delivers on its promise.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Rogue. What impact does it have? What consequences are there? Was it necessary to tell the story? Does exposure to violent media desensitize kids to violence?

  • There is a strong female lead at the core of the movie. Would you describe O'Hara as a positive role model? Do we see enough characters like O'Hara in these types of movie? What other strong female characters can you think of?

  • Talk about the strong language in the movie. Does it seem necessary or excessive? What does it contribute to the movie?

  • The line between good and evil is blurry in the movie -- even the "heroes" are mercenaries who effectively kill for a living. How did you feel about this? Did it make it harder to root for them?

  • Discuss the animal trafficking in the movie. Do you find it shocking that this type of thing can happen in the world? What can we do to help prevent it?

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